Columbia Art League accepting submissions for its first-ever Queer Art Show

LGBTQ artists in the Columbia area wanting to make connections with their peers will have an opportunity to do so thanks to the Columbia Art League.

The league is planning what organizer Mary Sandbothe said is its first Queer Art Show.

"There really is not a dedicated show in town during Pride Month at any of the galleries," Sandbothe said. "I started (at CAL) last August and that was one of the things we wanted to bring to the table and we did."

Mary Sandbothe
Mary Sandbothe

CAL is taking artist submissions from those ages 16 or older through an online portal.

Drop-off of submissions will take place from noon to 5 p.m. May 27-28. The art can be in any media form, but must be wired for hanging, said Sandbothe, who also is CAL education and outreach director.

"We have a few submissions already, so that is a good start," Sandbothe said. "I am hoping to see other queer artists. I am a queer artist myself, so it is always nice to have a dedicated show at Pride."

Sandbothe is excited at the prospect to connect with other LGBTQ artists and the possibility of the show's growth in years to come.

"I am really excited because we have been getting a lot of new folks submitting to our art shows recently, so I am expecting that there will be some folks where I haven't seen their work before," Sandbothe said.

The show is juried, and judging will take place after the close of art drop-offs on May 28.

While online submissions can be taken even on drop-off days, it is requested that artists try to submit works ahead of those dates.

"The earlier the better is always nice for us to get a number and know how many will be in (the show)," Sandbothe said.

The show opens May 31 and runs through July 2 at the CAL South Gallery. A reception is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on June 16.

In CAL's description of the show, it advises that guests should expect "art that escapes definition; art that’s strange and soft and strong and unconquerable; art courageous enough to imagine what the world could be, and bold enough to create and share it with us," referencing artist and writer Brandon Wint.

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